13.12.14

A very Sufjan Christmas.




 Lately as me and Goose drive from places to places during our weekly extravaganza, he always asks me to play Christmas music from my phone, and this is what I have been playing - with the hope of converting him into a Sufjan's fan ( I am almost there guys!). School is kicking me in the butt literally until Christmas Eve, so honestly I haven't got any Christmas spirit yet. Dang it Grad school :(
 I will be spending Christmas far away from home time this year. Not too excited about that, even though that seems better than last year spending Christmas on a 24-hour flight and teary goodbyes at the airport.
Honestly all that I want for Christmas this year was perfectly described in this video.

5.12.14

December

December is usually my favorite because of the holiday season. Somehow it has been off to a rough start. I start to lose track of time because I find myself being swamped with work, worries and more thinking than usual. The first couple months moving to New York City have definitely not been what I imagined they would be like. Not in a good or bad way, more in a neutral way. There are parts that I definitely enjoy, but sometimes you can't help but feeling so alone in a sea of people. I have learned that I actually have more emotions that I thought, and sometimes they could burst out at random times, mostly midnight. There was this one night I found myself brushing my teeth and all the sudden, tears just fell down from absolutely no where. I guess all those years of numbing my thoughts and feelings have really came to an end.

 As much as life has been rough for me, I am still here and I choose to be here. Couple weeks ago I had lunch with an old friend in this lovely coffee bar in Soho ( The Grey Dog), and I could see through my lovely girlfriend's stubbornness. But then I can't criticize her, because I see the same thing in myself. As much as things suck (a lot of time), something about this life just makes you stay and learn to tough it out. I hope 2, 5 and 10 years from now looking back at this period of time in my life, I will be content knowing that all of these happened for a reason.

Sorry for the vagueness. Just thought I would share what has been in my heart lately. Last night was probably one of the worst nights since I moved here. Woke up in the middle of the night damp with sweat, coughing my lungs out and really thought I probably won't make it through the night. But here I am still recapping to you some of the better moments of my life the last couple months:

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The most beautiful sunset at Brooklyn Bridge Park
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from my mid week walk with Phil
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Flat iron district
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With my favorite person one fine afternoon in Williamsburg
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31.10.14

I forget where we were.

Wow. Took my over a month to put up a blog post, I am so sorry. I am the worst blogger ever, literally.
The past one month in New York has been hands down one of the most challenging time I have ever experienced. I don't think that was an over statement, since I do have pretty high tolerance with things in general. There were things that happened very unexpectedly, and even when I think about it now, it still all seems very surreal. On top of that, school work has been super busy. Life from the last blog post until now is all like a blur to me.
But in the midst of everything, I am thankful for whatever is going on with my life in Brooklyn. It could be exhausting at times ( like as I was typing this, I could barely sit up). But there were definitely moments of joy, happiness... and it is good to at least be feeling, and having some kinds of emotion - something I know I did numb myself to back when I was in the Neb.

I will try to put up a blog post... hopefully within a week to sneak peak you into my life, but in the mean time, I thought I would share what I have been listening to lately.

Personally I thought Ben Howard couldn't choose a better time to come back, you know in the Fall when everything is beautiful, just like every single song in this new album. I missed him coming to Williamsburg, but hopefully I will get to see him in January.

7.9.14

MIA again!?

I know I know I have been missing! Sometimes I have to remind myself: " Prudence you are living in New York, you are living in Brooklyn! Go out and do something fun!". But honestly I have been home a lot, either bum around or study, nothing exciting in particular. Follow me on Instagram @prudencenicole maybe? I update it almost daily, so maybe you see me more around then?

Any who, today as I wandered around this cool shop in Park Slope, this song was played in the store and I just can't help but asking the people who work there what song this was. Apparently it was on a playlist of best Fall 2014 songs something on some websites? Anyone, anyone know where I could find this playlist? If yes please please please let me know, because I spend extra time in that store just to listen to the whole playlist and forgot to ask where it was from.
here are some rare pictures of me hanging around Park Slope today:

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21.8.14

Settling in Brooklyn.

Sorry  for the extended MIA. Life the last couple weeks has been a roller coaster of ups and downs. I finally get to say at this point in time I am pretty much settled in my new home in Brooklyn. Looking back the past 3 weeks, there were hard moments of frustration, impatience, and even physically breaking down to tears. But the other moments of joy, laughter, celebration and thankfulness seem to overcome and hide away all those lower keys.

Friends who know me well probably say that I am prone to moving from places to places. In the last 7 years in my life, I lost count how many times I had to hop on the planes to travel back and forth. But the other day as Phil was driving me home from Queens, we passed by LaGuardia. Looking at the planes up in the air, I realized that I finally somewhat have a place to settle now, that I don't have to be traveling anymore. Just that thought of enjoying a simple, non-static life drove me surprisingly to unexplainable Joy.

Moving to New York City from the Midwest is quite a stretch. It's different for sure, but I love a good change and so far these are the things that I enjoy:
- Sitting on the train to people watch - there were moments in the first couple days that I couldn't help but saying "People here are so beautiful".
- Flea markets during the weekends. I have been spending every single weekend to browse around Brooklyn Flea. From here that I have found my new dining table, some stuff for the home and more. ( I still have the whole living room to furnish - hopefully there will be a home tour in the near future)
- Good food. I didn't realize how much I enjoy different cuisine ( instead of just my good olll steak and potatoes) until I moved here. Phil has taken my to various good Korean places ( I call it #perksofdatingakorean), Ralph's Famous Italian Ice is my new ice cream go to place, Pop Bar in West Village is nothing I like I have ever tasted, and ohhh Chinatown - I never fail to eat well whenever I am here (check out Golden Unicon and Chinatown Icecream Fac- I know all the tourists can hear me on this). Also there is this tiny bakery right at the exit of the 7 train in Flushing - Main street that has the best egg tarts - THE BEST that I have to go here whenever I am around the area.
- My favorite place that Phil has taken me so far  is Brooklyn Bridge Park - beautiful view of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge. Come here around late afternoon on Sunday to enjoy Smorgasburg, distant view of the Statue of Liberty and good sunset next to the city skyline.
Just to name a few.

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Park Slope
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Brooklyn Flea

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Brooklyn Bridge Park
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These boys from SoCal came to visit the city the other day.
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Chinatown Ice Cream factory.
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Coney Island - Don't get the hot dog here.
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Did anyone recognize this view from movies ? All I could think about was JT and Mila Kunis when I was here the other day.
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Take the Staten Island Ferry from Manhattan just for the fun of it. Plus it's free!

I will try to blog more consistently. Quite honestly as exciting as New York is, life has been pretty slow for me these days. But maybe reminding myself that I have a blog to run will make me to get out of my comfort zone ( aka my bed) to explore more.
In the mean time, I hope your week and the last couple days of August is going well. If you are in the city, please hit me up! I would love/ need to make some new friends and hang :)

9.8.14

Upon Moving East.

Just a little around a week left before I pack my bags and move East to New York City. I remember having this dream in high school to move to the Big Apple for college for some reason, but life just kind of happened and changed my mind last minute to stay in the Neb.
Did I regret not moving to New York 4 years ago? Honestly, not really. Back then I was very young, immature and somewhat lost trying to find who I was. I have always been a city girl, and I thought what is a better city for me to move to other than NYC? Not saying that I am not young, immature and lost right now, but I know without being in the Neb for the past 4-5 years, I could not be who I am today.
Looking back, life in the Neb the past 4 years were full of ups and downs. I made the greatest friends who help me to learn more about myself and grow, a lot. Those people - I hope they will stick around for the rest of my life, wherever they may be. I had probably the best time of my life traveling with my best friends, who I could genuinely be real with. Also in the Neb, I had the darkest time of my life so far- when I felt so ready to give up on everything and run away. But with where I am at right now, I know those moments were bound to happen for a reason.
And I can't forget to mention, 5 years in the Neb helped to find Jesus, which then changed my life forever. I could not think how it would happen any other way.
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Moving to a new place is exciting, yet scary. Moving to New York City seems like a whole other level. But I know I am so ready to move on to another chapter of my life. I also know that in the midst of that exciting and scary change in my life, I will find those moments where I miss Nebraska. The people, friends, families, quiet moments, long conversations, beautiful sunsets, backyard BBQ,... All of those beautiful things that I was blessed to call Home.

7.7.14

Music Monday: Bird Courage.

There has been construction going on over my head the last 2 days or so ( thanks to my great neighbor). I find myself trying to escape from all the loud ( very LOUD) noises by putting on some calming tunes like this.
Apartment hunt for the season. Finding an apartment virtually is probably the most ridiculous and yet nerve wrecking things I could ever do.
20 days till I call Brooklyn home now.